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5/24/13 10:57 A

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Newbie here....Joining the discussion--we have a container garde using "Patio Pickers" lots of lettuce and spinach so far. Waiting on Cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. Lots of watercress too!

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5/16/13 12:03 P

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Pam what a great idea we do stop when we see stands on side of road.

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5/15/13 10:52 P

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Me! We're what you might call Urban Homesteaders. We just got everything in the ground on Monday. We've got about a quarter acre planted - maybe a little more with all the beds around the house and deck. We also raise chickens for eggs. When we finally get another place we'll expand that. Hubby hunts and fishes so that supplements our meat so that we rarely have to buy anything. I do some foraging but not a terrible lot. I can, dehydrate, and freeze everything that we don't eat fresh.

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4/30/13 5:47 A

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Great discussion!!! I was going back and forth as to whether to go with the CSA or try the local farmers Market. I am leaning to the Farmers Market option so that I have control over what veggies I bring home each week. We have several different markets - days/times to chose from here. I too would like to grow some veggies in the garden, but we have many deer, raccoons, rabbits, etc (and I live in the city!!). I may have a small container garden on my back deck though :)

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4/29/13 11:30 P

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Lora, Maybe you could get a neighbor or friend to pick up some basics . . . i.e. tomatoes, cantaloupe, strawberries, beans, etc. They can also report to you what is being offered, maybe even the producer and you can call them about a larger order--a bushel of beans maybe. Just an idea.

I like the road side stands too! The bigger ones smell fresh, earthy and so colorful and as my mom used to tell me "my eyes are bigger than my belly" . . . I always want more than I can use. lol





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4/29/13 11:42 A

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We have a farmers market from June till Sep or sometimes Oct but it is on Weds when I am at work. I wish they did something like that we could get to.

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4/28/13 9:55 P

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Zoe, I don't know if they have that around here or not. It sounds like a great program and yes it is good way to support the local truck farmers.

There is a program here, usually through churches and similar organizations that get store bought food -- like frozen meat, vegetables, and fruit. They usually buy a box (so many lbs.) at a set price. I'm not sure how it works but several people I know participate.

Update! NO MORE Wiggle room on my weight! Still figuring out how to keep balance and stay in charge. Staying active but could step it up again.

SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6"
GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140)
CW: WAS 124.7 NOW: 143.5
My focus is health AND fitness! And LOSING 10 lbs. again!
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4/28/13 8:05 P

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Community Supported Agriculture. They are local farmers who sell "shares" for produce from May through October. Once a week they fill a large cooler with In-season produce, we go pick it up and so continues the process until October. This is a wonderful option for someone (like me) who doesn't have the space for a garden and a great opportunity to support a local farmer and his staff. We get vegetables, herbs, flowers, a wonderful/huge (!) pumpkin for Halloween with our final cooler fill. They try to see what grows in the area too so we get "trial" items such as last years Brussel sprouts, and celery. We get a few creepy crawly critters by accident every now and then too to make the whole process even more real and fun!

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4/28/13 4:16 A

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I almost forgot about herbs. I enjoy fresh herbs and used to grow many types, but the last few years (more like 12) I haven't grown any. Just got too busy . . . In our other house I planted several variety of mints, which can become invasive weeds, and many other staple herbs such as sage, dill, basil, rosemary, oregano and chives. I also grew horseradish and rhubarb, even though horseradish was too work intensive to harvest and I didn't even like rhubarb I thought I had to include it in my 'old fashion' garden. They made good gifts for friends and neighbors who did like them. They also make pretty perennial borders. Surprisingly, (and I have no idea why not) I have never grown parsley. I'll have to try it this year. If no other reason than I love butterflies too!

The last two years I have been blessed with a good friend who grows herbs on her patio and gives me her scissors and a few baggies and I clip away. She has supplied me with basil, dill, rosemary and thyme and usually it is enough to last me several months if I freeze or dry.

I am going to try garlic this year too! My grandpa used to grow it, but I never have, so this will be a first.

We have a neighbor who has a big u-pick strawberry farm and I am looking forward to a few visits to pick strawberries for freezing, making preserves and eating fresh. Coming in late May and early June. I love strawberries too! lol

ZOE130 what is CSA stand for? We have farmers markets here and many roadside stands in and around the area, so there is seldom a shortage of fresh produce to buy. But, if you want something unique you must go to larger market or grow it yourself. I've shopped at Whole Foods which I was thrilled to discover some years ago, but cannot afford most of the offerings, so I limit my purchases. It helps that I live 60 miles from the nearest store or I'd be broke.








Update! NO MORE Wiggle room on my weight! Still figuring out how to keep balance and stay in charge. Staying active but could step it up again.

SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6"
GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140)
CW: WAS 124.7 NOW: 143.5
My focus is health AND fitness! And LOSING 10 lbs. again!
(I'm STILL getting
there . . . )


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4/27/13 8:49 P

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I wish I had time and space to grow my own but I have neither so I joined a local CSA and will start picking up produce in the next couple of weeks. I live in Northern MN so our growing season is terribly short so I feel lucky to have a local CSA that I can get fresh produce from. I am looking forward to it!

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4/27/13 1:08 P

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I love growing fresh but I am not good, better at bulbs LOL.
My better half is starting a garden, I love fresh herbs and we are planning to plant some I will make sure parsley is on there since I love butterflies!

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4/27/13 7:35 A

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I sign up for a local farm co-op and should be picking up produce next month (live in northern OH)

My Mom is a gardener extraordinaire and I benefit from her dedication and largess.

The few times I have really tried to grow anything, even really easy things like, tomatoes, the deer or the rabbits, or the groundhogs get involved and don't have the time or patience to build fences or find other natural ways to deter pests.

I love fresh herbs and when I plant parsley, inevitably, butterflies find it (Easter Black Swallowtail) and I end up having to go to the store to BUY more parsley for THEM because I love butterflies more than my parsley and the little buggers eat all I can produce and more. So I still plant lots of parsley and eat the "leftovers"

I'm a writer and would much rather spend my time writing ...and buy organic produce from those who have the time and inclination to grow it!!

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4/27/13 1:07 A

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Just curious how many people here suppliment their groceries by growing their own food.

Today, I picked my first lettuce and onions!!! Radishes are growing, but not yet ready.

Greens are available too--whether grown or gathered wild. Polk greens (baby polk weed) is the best tasting greens available. Look for a recently cleared or tilled area that is now growing weeds--check with a guide for identification. And if you mushroom hunt . . . now, is the time!
Wait for a warm day and hit the woods. (Read up and/or find a mentor to show you the ropes.)

We didn't have any Spring greens this year--I didn't make it out to the garden to save the turnip greens from the old (wintered over from last fall) turnips that were given to the chickens. But, there is spinach and kale seed already in the ground. Young dandelion leaves make good tasting greens too.

Fresh strawberries are in the stores, but if you can, buy organic. These are heavily treated, so wash, wash, wash.

Now is the time to plant in many areas . . . no garden, try a tomato or pepper plant in a big patio pot. (tomatoes need to be staked) . . . or just visit the local farmers market.



Update! NO MORE Wiggle room on my weight! Still figuring out how to keep balance and stay in charge. Staying active but could step it up again.

SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6"
GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140)
CW: WAS 124.7 NOW: 143.5
My focus is health AND fitness! And LOSING 10 lbs. again!
(I'm STILL getting
there . . . )


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